Former Gonzaga Bulldogs point guard Kevin Pangos has reportedly found a place to play next season, and it won’t be in war-torn Russia.
After over a week of speculation, it looks like Pangos has finally agreed to terms with Olimpia Milano in Italy, and more importantly has found a way to get his contract with CSKA Moscow bought out. The move doesn’t appear to be official just yet, but a report from Matteo Andreani seems to indicate things are set to be announced soon.
Pangos last officially played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, making his NBA debut after five productive seasons overseas – with stops in Spain, Lithuania, and Russia.
After averaging seven minutes, 1.6 points and 1.3 assists across 24 games with Cleveland, Pangos was released and signed to a two-year deal with CSKA Moscow in February.
He never played with them, however, after the countries’ invasion of Ukraine caused multiple athletes to opt-out of reporting. It took a while, but it looks like Pangos has finally cleared whatever contractual hurdles were preventing him from inking a new deal, and barring a surprise change he’ll report to Olimpa Milano shortly.
Milano has been the home of many outstanding American basketball stars at one point or another, including Bob McAdoo, Rolando Blackmon, Darryl Dawkins, Antonio Davis, Mike D’Antoni, and Malik Hairston.
Now it will be Pangos’ turn, and considering how successful he has been in the EuroLeague up to this point, he should be in line for an excellent season next year.
Andy hosts the Locked on Zags and Locked on College Basketball podcasts, and serves Locked On in a marketing/digital content creator role as well. He lives just outside Portland with his wife Jenna and dog, Tillie.